MSI E350IA-E45 AMD Fusion Motherboard Review

4. BIOS and Software6. Platform Benchmarks


MSI E350IA-E45 Motherboard Review

Test System and Methodology

MSI E350IA-E45

2x 4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 @ 1333

AMD Radeon HD 6870

3x Asus VG236H
Corsair AX1200W PSU
Sony BDU-X10S Blu-Ray Drive
D-Link Wireless-N Dual Band USB Stick
1x 120GB Corsair F Series SSD OS
2x WD Raptor Hard Drives
Roccat Kone[+]
SteelSeries Shift

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Catalyst 11.1
DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10/DirectX 11 (November 2010)

3DMark11
Counter Strike Source
Fallout New Vegas

PowerDVD 10 Ultra 3D Mark II
Adobe Master Collection CS5
dBpoweramp
AIDA 64
Google Chrome
Arcsoft Media Convertor 7
Flash 10.2 Beta

Sisoft Sandra
Fraps

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 7 was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drives were de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated).

Good Benchmarking Practice
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.

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